Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Cautiously Optimistic Celebration
Dear American People:
Thank you for seeing the light of reason and making the right decision.
I'm proud of you.
"We may allow ourselves a brief moment of rejoicing. For there is much work to be done."- Winston Churchill, V-E Day 1945.
The best we can hope for is a sort of gridlock the next two years. At least Bush's radical agenda will be greatly curbed. I do not expect any sort of massive reform for the next Congress--that will have to wait until 2008, if and when we can win back the Presidency.
I do wish to inform you out there that there are many people who would prefer a divided executive and legislative branch--feeling one to be an effective check and balance on the other. This attitude will pose a challenge to our chances in 2008.
This attitude has also created one of the most conservative Democratic parties ever to hold control of the House. The pendlum swing to the right that picked up speed with Reagan in 1980 is still alive and well. I see encouraging signs that we are moving more towards equilibrium, but let us not forget the folly of moving too far to the left that got us into this mess in the first place.
Conventional wisdom states that, this time around, more people weren't voting Pro-Democrat so much as Anti-GOP. Let us resolve to reform both of those--come up with a strong position and statement of purpose and prove that we are the party who has the best interest of all Americans at heart.